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January 2, 2019

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California firm wins innovation award

California firm wins innovation award

The Los Angeles Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC-LA) awarded Rockefeller Kempel Architects (RKA) the Sustainable Innovation Award for the adaptive reuse of the historic Ford Factory in downtown Los Angeles.

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Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things: A CSI exclusive

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things: A CSI exclusive

In his latest blog, Gregory Ceton, CSI, CDT, talks about the benefits artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) together can provide for facility performance and, potentially, construction project delivery.

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Johnson Favaro designs masterplan for UCLA’s library system

Johnson Favaro designs masterplan for UCLA’s library system

The redesigned masterplan of the University of California, Los Angeles’ (UCLA’s) library will focus on accommodating the impacts of the digital revolution and creating spaces for collaborative work.

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Building codes save lives in massive Alaska earthquake: ICC

Building codes save lives in massive Alaska earthquake: ICC

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit Anchorage, Alaska, in November 2018 highlights the importance of building codes in saving lives, protecting property, and contributing to a rapid post-disaster recovery.

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Features

Healing a ceiling: Turning to an unexpected element in redesigning an aging sports arena

Healing a ceiling: Turning to an unexpected element in redesigning an aging sports arena

One of the most visually striking elements of the redesigned Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, is its one-of-a-kind, design-forward ceiling combining clean lines, modern aesthetics, and subtle wayfinding cues. The $165-million renovation project overhauled the coliseum’s spartan looks with state-of-the-art upgrades giving event attendees a fresh arena experience.

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Evolving elevator hoistway codes and standards

Fire and life safety is a major concern for occupants of high-rises. Enclosures and hoistways can act like a chimney or flue in a fire, allowing smoke to infiltrate otherwise safe floors of commercial and residential buildings. To address smoke migration, the International Building Code (IBC) requires elevator lobbies to be constructed as smoke enclosures to encapsulate hoistway openings on every floor of a high-rise building. Elevator lobbies have made a tremendous impact on occupant safety, but they also come with significant design and facility planning drawbacks. Read on to learn more about the developing standards for elevator smoke enclosures and their impact on architects, designers, facility managers, and, ultimately, building occupants.

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Project News

Miami’s luxury retail stores call for stylish window protection

Miami’s luxury retail stores call for stylish window protection

Three luxury retail stores in Miami’s design district showcase high-performance glazing systems that meet the stringent hurricane codes for Miami-Dade County, shielding against high winds, flying debris, and water infiltration. Additionally, the storefront systems and curtain walls deter smash-and-grab burglaries, allowing retailers to show off their wares without fear of loss. The systems also effectively balance aesthetics with structural durability and code compliance.

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Events

January 22-25
World of Concrete

January 22-25
The International Surface Event (TISE)

February 4-7
Sprayfoam Convention & Expo

February 11-13
The Roofing Expo

February 19-21
International Builders Show

March 14-19
RCI International Convention and Trade Show

April 3-5
NASCC: The Steel Conference

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SPEC CONSULTANTS AND RESPONSIBLE CHARGE

Do architects exert appropriate supervisory control and responsible charge over the specs prepared for them by independent spec consultants?

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NON-DESTRUCTIVE CONCRETE EXAMINATION

Anyone has an example of 01 7136 or similar language regarding non-destructive (surface penetrating radar) concrete testing? I see this section listed in MasterFormat but cannot find a template for it or anything online or from local testing agencies. So far the standard I have seen is ASTM D6432-99 but I am hopeful something more is out there.

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